Having diabetes doubles your risk of Alzheimer’s.
There is a connection between Parkinson’s and a propensity to engage in violent behaviour.
Gluten is what Perlmutter calls a ‘silent germ’. It can inflict lasting damage without you knowing it.
Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator, it can change our DNA for better or worse. It regulates the expression of many of our genes.
Modern medicine has an illness-centred approach, not a wellness approach.
In a recent report in ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ it showed post-menopausal women who were put on statin drugs to lower cholesterol had nearly 48% increased risk of developing diabetes, compared to those not given the drug.
Another new study shows babies born to women with gluten sensitivity have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
An extremely low carbohydrate diet of no more than 60 gr carbs a day, is ideal (this is the serving in a piece of fruit), and high fat is ideal.
Look up ‘the gluten police’ on Dr Perlmutter’s site www.DrPermutter.com
Science tells us that many of our brain-related illnesses, from depression to dementia, are closely related to our nutritional and lifestyle choices.
The Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity connection is a well-documented for brain disease.
By Dr David Perlmutter
Dr Perlmutter is a Board certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, the only doctor in the country with both these credentials.
Need more energy? Who doesn't! People who are ill need more energy. They just do not have enough energy to do the normal things in life. People needing more energy may have some of these illnesses
Every cell in our body has a job to do. They have to make energy to keep the body going. There are little furnaces within the cells called 'mitochondria'. The mitochondria need fuel to make energy. Without enough energy our body slows and starts to break down.
Co enzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) and D-ribose are the two ingredients that are essential for the mitochondria to make energy. If your supply of these is low, you will have low energy.
CoQ10 is needed in greater quantities in the heart. If you take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol, then you definitely need to supplement with CoQ10 as these drain CoQ10 from the cells.
Dose: 200-400mg CoQ10 daily.
D-ribose comes in the form of a white powder. It is only in recent years that scientists found how to make it. It is very safe to take.
Dose: 1 tsp powder 1-3 times daily
If you have CFS/ME and are very fatigued, take 3 doses daily for a 2-4 weeks. Cut back as you see fit.
These 2 natural supplements taken long term will give your mitochondria the fuel they need to make the energy your body needs.
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Co-Enzyme Q10 and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in our cells. It is the fuel we need to make energy. Without enough CoQ10 we get tired and exhausted.
Personally I am not in favor of being diagnosed by someone with the label of an illness.
In our society today, it has become the norm for people to be diagnosed or labelled with the name of an illness. I have found that with many people, this sits like a weight on their shoulders, weighing them down heavily. There are few people that, when diagnosed with a major illness, have the strength of mind, followed by body, to go search out a therapy that can ease their symptoms, sometimes even get rid of their illness altogether.
Many doctors, I could say most doctors, look at the statistics of illnesses and know the usual progression of the disease. This is then placed on the patient's shoulders and installed into their mind. They 'think' there is no solution.
Most doctors do not have the time to research new techniques that are found since their years of studying medicine. They rely majorly on what they learned in medical school and the seminars given by doctors, to update them with medical solutions.
Medical solutions towards disease lean strongly towards drug therapy or surgery.
It is quick and easy for the doctor to write a script and quick and easy for the patient to take the pill. Sometimes this can be a lifesaver for many people and can get them out of a dangerous health crisis. Unfortunately, many drugs have unpleasant side effects.
A Passion for Good Health
It also takes passion for a doctor or a patient to probe and learn to find other methods that can be a good and sometimes better, and have no side effects, than relying on the medicine chest.
A disease diagnosis is a name given to a list of symptoms. There is a list of symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and autism etc.
The symptoms of these diseases overlap. Many illnesses can have brain fog, anxiety, sore throat, palpitations, difficulty breathing. A label accumulates these symptoms. Once a label is applied to an illness, the person is sent to a doctor dealing in that group of symptoms. It takes a brave doctor to look for a solution outside what is being recommended by his colleagues.
Very, very slowly, people - the patients - are starting to look for other answers as they do not like the outcome that has been given to them eg 'you will not improve anymore' or the side effects of the drugs given to them.
One such modality that has now been recognized by The American Academy of Pediatrics is Neurofeedback. It is a form of brain training. Good results have been documented with ADD, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety and traumatic brain injuries. They recognize it is as effective as medications for ADD/ADHD and rarely has adverse side effects.
Other modalities that treat many symptoms for varying diseases are
Light Therapy, Sound Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Homeopathy and Flower Essence Therapy.
If you look around you will find many people being treated with different modalities by mainstream doctors and by Complementary therapists. Don't be stuck with a label. Free yourself. Lift that weight by trying different therapies. Find the one that is right for you, one that eases your symptoms.
There is always an answer out there.
Go find it!
True: Eggs are good for us
False: The eggs we eat are converted directly into blood cholesterol
True: Eating eggs does not negatively affect our blood cholesterol.
Research into Eggs
Many studies have shown that eating eggs makes no difference to our cholesterol levels. The cholesterol we eat in our diet reduces the cholesterol we make in our liver.
In 2013, a study by researchers at the University of Conneticutt showed people on a low-carb diet, eating whole eggs, improved insulin sensitivity and heart health.
'Scores of studies have confirmed the value of eggs, which are quite possibly the world's most perfect food; the yolk is the most nutritious part.'
The whole egg contains all the essential amino acids we need to survive, plus antioxidants known to protect the eyes. They contain plenty of choline which is very important for a healthy brain and pregnancy.
Dr David Perlmutter promotes the eating of eggs. He is a board certified Neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
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Quinoa - Antioxidant, Super Food
Quinoa, a superfood, full of antioxidants, minerals and phytonutrients.
Quinoa is a super food. ‘Quinoa is close to one of the most
complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.’
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a plant grown in Bolivia and Peru. It is related to spinach. The seeds
are used to make a delicious porridge or to add to salads. It can be made into
pasta too. Quinoa is gluten-free and easily digested so is a wonderful food for people with Coeliac disease. Read more...
People with auto-immune diseases and chronic diseases are always looking for that extra supplement that may help them get better.
N-acetyl-cysteine, often referred to as NAC is one of these supplements that can help.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant in our body. This means that its job is to go around and knock off all those free radicals that we are always hearing about. Now don't bother taking Glutathione itself. It is for sale but you will be wasting your money as it is not absorbed as a supplement by our body. It does a vanishing trick before it is of any use.
So what do we do? We take NAC. It can be manufactured by our body into Glutathione. Magic! Then the glutathione can zap around our body and gobble up those free radicals again.
It is very important to take NAC if you have a chronic disease such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia or Adrenal Fatigue. Also it has a great effect on auto immune diseases. When we are in a state of prolonged ill health we make lots of free radicals and it is not good to have too many of these floating around.
Have a look here at what Jay Mattingly, MD has to say about its benefits.
I have been taking it for years and can really notice when I don't take it.
Our feet are a very important part of our anatomy. They help us to move around. They were so important to our ancestors that a unit of measurement was centred around the foot.
For thousands of years our ancestors walked barefoot. What, you say? I don’t have any ancestors who walked around barefoot. Well, in that case, you just haven’t traced your ancestors back far enough. It is a fact that every one of us had many ancestors who walked around in bare feet.
Their first shoes were made from leather and during the last fifty years, the soles of shoes have moved away from natural products to synthetic products. Instead of walking in leather shoes as our parents or grandparents used to, we now wear some form of plastic soled shoes.
Our feet are the most sensitive part in our body. There are about 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of skin on the soles of our feet. All those nerves come from different parts of our body. This is why Reflexology works so well.
Reflexology was formed on the premise that every part of the foot affects some part of the body. So now you can see why. If there are 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of our foot, there are enough nerves there to reach all of our body. In Reflexology, every part of our foot is stimulated with massage to benefit our whole system.
Looking after our feet is very important otherwise many things can go wrong with them and this makes it difficult for us to walk.
The state of our feet can also tell us the state our body is in. If we have any of the following we know we have to do something about them - corns, warts, blisters, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, psoriasis, tinea, sweaty feet, hot feet, cold feet, pain, calluses.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Walking barefoot is good for our feet as it helps to sensitize all those nerve endings. Because we encase our feet in solid shoes, we lose the sensitivity in them. By walking barefoot it increases their sensitivity. This has been found to be of benefit to people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
As these diseases progress, balance is lost and people can tend to walk in a shuffling movement and with feet wider apart to get their balance. Stimulating their feet by walking barefoot and by using Reflexology may help to bring them into balance.
It is also very important to walk barefoot on the Earth, that is, on the garden grass, in a park or at the beach on the sand. Walking barefoot brings our body into balance with the earth. Science has now been able to prove that the electrical energies of the earth are of great benefit to us. To maintain you health or to improve it, walk in bare feet for 30 minutes daily in contact with the earth.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on the earth each day can ease the inflammation in our body. It is now recognised that inflammation causes many major diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker
Dairy free and Gluten free Brownies
These gluten free brownies are just chock full of good things for you - almond meal, quinoa, coconut flour and coconut oil, cocoa and chia. They are full of antioxidants and good fat.
Even the sweetener is mostly fructose free. I have made these biscuits with glucose powder, also called dextrose which has no fructose in it. The fructose is the bad bit of the sugar. It is the really sweet part. Fructose is bad for people with diabetes and for many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I used just 30gr of sugar but it is the low GI sugar, also better to help keep your blood sugar more stable. If you wanted to, you could exchange this for more glucose powder. Low GI means that this food breaks down more slowly into your blood stream so it does not give the glucose rush that a high GI food gives you.
Gluten Free & nearly Fructose Free Brownies
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients then all them to the oil and egg mix. Stir and add the water a bit at a time.
Spread baking paper on the oven tray.
Pop the tray into the heated oven at 160degrees C for 20 minutes.
Makes 14 brownies.
Cool before eating - if you can wait.
Because these brownies are full of the best, most nutritious flours, nuts, seeds and oils you will find that you don't need to eat as many of them as you would biscuits made out of starchy flours.
For the past 30 years or so we have been told to cut down on fats in our diet. We were told they were making us unhealthy, overweight and giving us heart disease.
Manufacturers got onto the bandwagon. They have taken the natural fats out of cheese to give us low fat cheese. Cheese is all about fat. Cheese is made from milk and cream of animals. They overwhelming consumption of our cheese is from cows.
For years my husband has been heard complaining that the plastic wrap of the low fat cheese slices tasted better than the 'cheese?' it was wrapped around.
We Need Fat in Our Diet
Fat makes food taste good. Fat makes us feel full.
Some vitamins are only soluble in fat, that is, they only mix with fat. They cannot mix with water or any watery fluid in our body. These vitamins are A,D,E and K. Therefore we need fat in our diet to be able to absorb these. Because these vitamins do not wash out of our body we should not take too much of them. However we probably do not get enough of them in our modern diet.
When we eat fat it increases the rate at which our body burns fat. So the odd thing is, if we eat more fat, we will use more of our body fat.
Good Fat Versus Bad Fat
There are different types of fat.
Saturated fats include meat, cream, cheese, butter and coconut oil.
Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts and olives.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in fatty fish like mackerel and herring.
Bad fats are transfats and hydrogenated fats. Margarine is made from seed oils that have been modified and made solid. Oils are not normally solid except for coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for us.
Products with Fat
Today it is hard to find full fat yoghurt in the supermarket. Now the majority of yoghurt has most of the fat taken out of it and replaced with sugar and fruit (there is lots of sugar in fruit) to make it taste better. Look for Greek yoghurt. This is full fat.
Fat and Blood Sugar Levels
Fat does not impact on blood sugar levels. Sugar and carbohydrates do impact on blood sugar levels. So by increasing your fat intake you will not be as hungry, therefore will not need/crave as much sugar or as many carbohydrates to keep you going.
People with dairy sensitivity should not take any dairy products. These people can get their fat from coconut oil, avocados, olives, nuts, mackerel and salmon.
Reference: Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
Berberis homeopathic remedy is well known to ease kidney and bladder infections. That burning pain, not being able to empty the bladder. Pain around the kidney area in the back.
How to Find Your Kidneys
The kidney area in the back is on each side of the spine in the middle of the back. Put your hands on your hips - waist level. Now slide your thumbs towards the back 50-75cm (2 or 3 inches) and press in a little with your thumbs. This is about where your kidneys are.
Lower Back Pain, Sciatica
This wonderful remedy can help you with many other ailments. It can help you if you have lower back pain. It can be centred on the left side, around the hips and sometimes going down into the thigh. Sometimes it is known as sciatica. This pain is worse when standing or walking or when standing up from a sitting position. Pains can also radiate around the back.
Just for Women
Berberis may help ease vaginal thrush or candida. When you have vaginal thrush you can also have problems in the mouth and sometimes in the sinuses (nasal problems). These areas are all called the mucous membranes. They are the soft moist areas of the body that secrete fluids. Berberis can also help ease these problems.
Berberis may also ease colic pains or period pain. Anybody who has suffered from this will know just what I mean. It is worth trying s simple, safe remedy to be free of this.
Just for Men
Berberis has also been known to ease erectile dysfunction. This is a problem for men when the penis cannot become erect.
Herbal or Homeopathy
Berberis can be taken as a herbal extract or tea as well as a homeopathic remedy. However the homeopathic remedy will work at a deeper level.
A study has been done that uses Berberine, a natural chemical ingredient in Berberis for Type 2 Diabetes. It was found that berberine was as effective as Metformin in bringing blood sugars down any in easing high blood pressure.
Where to Buy this Remedy
This remedy can be purchased in a 6x or 6c potency from your local health food shop. You may be able to buy 30c on the internet or better still visit your local homeopath who has a wealth of knowledge and can determine if this remedy will suit your symptoms.
I talked last time about the problem many people have with Candida or Thrush in their body. This is affected by yeast which is used to make bread rise and to ferment beer.
Sugar feeds yeast and so when we eat sugar we are feeding the yeast in our body. The problem with sugar in our diet is that a lot of our sugar is not added to our food where we can see it.
Sugar in Drinks
We see sugar and know how much there is when we have a cup of tea or coffee - 'Milk and one for me' or 'Coffee with two please' This is the sugar we see.
Then there were those couple of cans of soda or soft drink or cordial guzzled down to quell your thirst throughout the day - again, full of sugar.
Do you like coffee milk? with about 9 teaspoons of sugar in it, the Mars Bar, Cherry Ripe or chocolate you ate on your way home - all full of sugar.
But what about sugar in your hamburger bun, sugar in the biscuits you had for morning tea or in the birthday cake you scoffed at that party. The cake was yummy and sweet (sugar) and covered in pretty icing (icing sugar - pure sugar).
No, no, you say, I only eat healthy snacks - muesli bars - full of sugar, or fruit, nut and seed bars - all full of sugar in the syrup that hold them together. It's just like toffee.
How do you make toffee? Sugar and water and sometimes a bit of butter.
Well, I can hear some of you protesting that you just don't eat sweet things so you don't have sugar. Have you looked at the ingredients list on any of the food you eat lately?
Baked beans have sugar listed in the can. Spaghetti sauce also has sugar in it. Why don't you check out any other packaged or tinned food you use, and please remember to check out your breakfast food. Some of those foods are one third sugar and yet they still get the tick of approval by authorities as a good food. Whose kidding who?
Did you check out your yoghurt, fruit juice, sauce, peanut butter and donuts?
Remember that sugar affects diabetes and can affect the immune system.
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